Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Cordileone is more politician than prelate

Archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone, chairs the Subcommittee on the Promotion and Defense of Marriage of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. At the USCCB general assembly on November 11, Cordileone expressed his outrage over the decisions of the US Supreme Court during the summer.
By advancing redefinition, the decisions harmed marriage and harmed our society almost immediately.
By redefinition Cordileone means allowing gay couples to wed. Cordileione doesn't seem to explain what that harms are let alone what happened "almost immediately."
At the same time these decisions have renewed our determination to witness to the truth that marriage can only be the union of a man and a woman. We know that our teachings on marriage and family reflect the life-affirming message of the Gospel, and we know that strengthening a marriage culture serves the common good of our country.
The prelate can have all the determination in the world but that changes neither the courts nor public opinion. About all it accomplishes is to anger people regarding the Roman Catholic Church. The man wears a dress that would feed a hungry family for months and we're supposed to take him seriously? Exactly how same-sex marriage negatively affects "the common good of our country" is also unexplained. I guess that we have to accept it on blind faith.

I have a simple question for the Archbishop. If two gay Jews wish to marry, how is that the business of the Catholic Church in any way whatsoever? These bishops need to get a grip on their limitations. Just because they live in opulent palaces doesn't mean that they really have any power. Cordileone also discusses young people:
At the time of the Roe decision, everyone thought the whole country was going to go toward a pro-abortion way of thinking and that all the young people were on board with that. But over time when we saw the devastation that has been done, the young people have turned around.
Actually, according to Gallup the biggest change is the number of people who are disinterested in the matter. Moreover, Cordileone insist on dishonestly portraying pro-choice as "pro-abortion."
We're in a similar moment with regard to marriage, and I think in time people will see the decimation of family life that's been going on for a long time. We can challenge them to think things through thoroughly as the generation before them did on the pro-life effort.”
Once again, the man of God is dishonest. If we assume that family life has been decimated, what on earth does that have to do with same-sex marriage? Where is the correlation? What is the causation? Cordileone is simply being a politician who will say just about anything to get his way.

Well Archbishop, you are not going to get your way. People in this country (gay and straight) are eager to insure that everyone is treated equally under law. Equality and fairness are at the core of American values.
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